photographic archives

Milo Archives ~ beginning of summer 2016

Finished in the stream yesterday. Waited an entire year to complete it so Milo’s big eyes have been that size since last year. I’ve learned how to draw them smaller and still keep that innocence in them :)

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Orange is a Colour That is Safe and Warm / Goodnight Tiger Lily / Oh!Lily!

© Sharon Boswall

I love going to the bird sanctuary when the warmer weather arrives and especially in July and even though there are occasions when I see nary a bird – at least not the fancy ones like blue herons or kingfishers or great egrets – I do get to see the masses of tiger lilies that come into bloom mid-month and that is always a lovely sight to behold… oh lily indeed.

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Scenes From D-Day, Then and Now

On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day, an operation that turned the tide of the Second World War against the Nazis, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict. Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.

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I Pick You / Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner

© Sharon Boswall

Woke up to a thermometer sitting at zero this morning after a few days where we hit upper 30sC with the Humidex.  Typical Montréal!  As we say – “if you don’t like the weather, stick around for five minutes”.  It’s the long Victoria Day weekend - or, as it is referred to here in la Belle Province,  “Journée des Patriotes”. I am not so much concerned about patriotes as I am about my patio pots and these little lovelies, along with the fab Felicia, are another favourite choice for blooms all through the summer – Osteospermum – such an unpretty name for someone with irresistible blue eyes like those – I much prefer Cape Marguerite.  Don’t you?

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Normandy Beaches in 1944 & 70 Years Later

On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day, an operation that turned the tide of the Second World War against the Nazis, marking the beginning of the end of the conflict. Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.

More pictures here

I’d have liked to go up there and feel like in a Wes Anderson’s film, but I couldn’t. Ouch.

Cinzia Giordano © Instagram account: http://instagram.com/cinzia_giordano
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What’s Your Point? / Why So Intense? / Sunny Daze

© Sharon Boswall

More coneflowers from the garden - aside from the fact that they are lovely to look at In all their many varieties is the fact that I never know what result I will get with the sun shining through the fence - the light patterns are always interesting.  I have two different types of fences in the back yard… one is the typical frost type fence and the other is your standard six footer (what can I say, some neighbours are more tolerable than others) so yes, the light pattern and effect is sometimes as lovely as the flowers themselves!  Just sayin’.

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Here beneath my skin by Sharon
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A constant favourite: Ms KD Lang 

Even through the darkest phase

 Be it thick or thin 

Always someone marches brave

Here beneath my skin

It’s always fascinating to see what’s popular on Flickr and lately it seems, “papaver nudicaule” is all the rage.  Give the people what they want.

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…as if I had wings… © Sharon Boswall

“I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.” (Mary Oliver ~ Owls and Other Fantasies). 

This weekend is the last for the annual Papillons en Liberté exhibit at our Botanical Gardens and I hope to get a chance to visit.  I usually get there much earlier than this (I had a hard time finding a charger for my camera’s battery)  so I am afraid there will not be too many different species of butterflies and the greater number of them will be Paper Kites (a.k.a. Rice Paper) like the one in the last photo in this trio. I don’t really mind… it’s not just about the photos but also very much about the experience and being that close to such beautiful and fragile little creatures.  Cannot help but wonder what they think of us - probably not as excited to see us as we are them!